Live Blog: Manchester at Utica, Game 3 - LA Kings Insider

Utica Comets 3, Manchester Monarchs 2

SOG: MCH – 34; UTI – 38
PP: MCH – 0/3; UTI – 0/1

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15:10 – Quick release by Weal from the right circle off an O’Brien feed, but Markstrom kicks it away with his right pad. O’Brien has slotted in well alongside Weal and Mersch in O’Neill’s absence. In Game 2, he was among the best forwards on the ice.
13:13 – After a Monarchs turnover between defensemen, Baertschi pounces on a loose puck in the high slot and blasts a shot on goal, which is gloved coolly by Bartosak.
10:39 – Utica skates offsides on a two-on-one that nearly developed into a three-on-one.
9:40 – With traffic in front, Biega’s drive from the point deflects and trickles wide past Bartosak.
7:40 – Utica is giving up absolutely nothing. Three players are back at all times, and there’s no space down the center of the ice.
6:45 – Loud U-TI-CA chants.
5:46 – Clendening wrists a shot through traffic from the point, and Bartosak swallows it (before looking behind him). Frustrated, Clendening recoils back.
3:59 – High sticking on Jensen. Monarchs to the power play, needing a tying goal…
2:27 – Kempe cross-ice feed to Weal, who gloves it and puts it at his stick. Quick release on a snapper, but Markstrom slides to his left to make the save. Good pressure on Manchester’s power play. Very loud in here.
1:59 – No scoring on the power play.
1:28 – Bartosak to the bench for the extra attacker.
1:04 – Icing on Utica. Offensive zone faceoff, Manchester. Time out, Monarchs.
0:53 – Kempe had a good look from outside the crease, but a centering feed rolled on him a little bit, and he didn’t get a full shot off.
0:29 – Shore out for an offensive zone draw. Utica wins and clears.
0:00 – Game.

20:00 – It’s a one-goal game. Let’s go.
18:30 – Nice moves by O’Brien to step around a Utica defender and unleash a wrister from close range that Markstrom fights off. Miller had a chance on a rebound, but no dice.
15:50 – Shore intercepted a deflected clear in the high slot but couldn’t get a shot off as a Utica stick distrupted his shot attempt.
14:46 – Markstrom denies O’Brien’s wraparound attempt. He has been skating with Weal, Mersch. Good jump for Manchester in the second period.
13:46 – Andersson’s drive from the left point is gloved by a sprawling Bartosak.
13:42 – GOAL UTICA. 1-3. Jensen fires a shot off a pass from above the high slot, and O’Reilly deflects it past Bartosak. Now credited to Jensen.
12:38 – GOAL MANCHESTER. 2-3. Kempe finds space down the right wing and uses speed to generate a two-on-one. It looked like he was trying to decide whether to stickhandle or shoot on Markstrom, he eventually stuffs it on him and the puck trickles in. Two goals tonight and six in the postseason for the 18-year-old selected in the first round last June. Huge goal to pull the Monarchs back in this one.
9:02 – Miller’s blast from the point kicked aside by Markstrom.
8:33 – Grenier feeds a late-arriving Jensen, whose B-plus-type chance was fought off with a gutsy Bartosak save.
7:58 – O’Reilly, looking for his fourth point of the night, tries to make a move on Bartosak but has his point blank shot denied. Action at both ends, though tilted in Utica’s favor.
7:33 – O’Brien’s A-type chance from point blank range denied by Markstrom. Came off a behind-the-net backhanded bouncing feed from Bodnarchuk; the puck was rolling.
7:05 – Good recovery by Raine on Friesen, who had won a puck battle. Raine channels him towards the boards, separates body from puck, and the puck is cleared.
6:52 – Sanguinetti doesn’t get much on a high 1uality chance from the slot. Shot off a pass; had time to corral the puck. The game always looks so easy up here.
6:21 – Kempe, vying for his third goal, drives down the right wing and fires a wrister into Markstrom’s right shoulder. Puck pops into the air and in front of the goalie, who covers.
3:32 – Comets penalty. Hooking on Baertschi.
1:32 – Penalty over. One shot on goal credited. Second unit had the better looks and movement, though both units had zone time. Best look came from Miller, whose drive from the left point was deflected about a foot wide of the near post.
0:27 – O’Brien drops a puck for Mersch, whose blast is gloved by Markstrom. Good look, and a quick release off the shot by Mersch. For a reason I can’t explain, no shot on goal was credited.
0:27 – Wacey Hamilton creeps towards Shore on the faceoff, and Shore shoulders him back towards his side of the draw before the puck is dropped. Words exchanged. Good feistiness shown by Shore.
0:07 – Mersch fires off a shot right off a faceoff. Excellent pressure over the final six minutes of the period by Manchester, but they couldn’t equalize. Their best stretch of play tonight.
0:00 – Period dunzo.

20:00 – And we’re off. It’s loud in here.
19:32 – Brandon DeFazio whistled for cross-checking; Monarchs receive an early power play
18:04 – Huge hit on Brian O’Neill in the left wing corner in Manchester’s offensive zone. He’s slow to get up and eventually heads back to the room. Scrums ensue and emotions rise, but no penalty is called.
17:32 – Comets kill the penalty.
16:25 – Miller whistled for interference.
14:25 – Monarchs kill the penalty.
14:15 – GOAL UTICA. 0-1. Cal O’Reilly picks up a loose puck to the left of the slot, beats Berube low with a quick wrister. Very loud in here. Horn. It’s similar to the United Center’s horn. And louder, in the smaller barn.
12:09 – J-F Berube hurt. Didn’t see the contact or what might be ailing him. In comes Patrik Bartosak, who did not dress in Games 1 or 2.
1:02 – GOAL UTICA. 0-2. Alexandre Grenier off movement from Bobby Sanguinetti and Cal O’Reilly.
0:25 – GOAL MANCHESTER. 1-2. Adrian Kempe. Derek Forbort assists.
0:00 – Period over.

MCH starters: G J-F Berube, D Andrew Bodnarchuk, D Vincent LoVerde, LW Michael Mersch, C Jordan Weal, RW Brian O’Neill
MCH scratches: G Steve Mastalerz, G Jeff Lerg, F Josh Gratton, D Nick Ebert, F Ryan Horvat, F Scott Sabourin, D Jeff Schultz

UTI starters: G Jacob Markstrom, D Frank Corrado, D Alex Biega, LW Hunter Shinkaruk, C Will ACton, RW Brandon DeFazio
UTI scratches: G Joe Cannata, D Travis Ehrhardt, D John Negrin, F Jake Virtanen, F Joseph LaBale, F Ludwig Blomstrand, F Jared McCann, F Darren Archibald, F Carter Bancks, F Andrey Pedan, F Curtis Valk

Referees: #43 Tom Chimielewski, #10 Terry Koharski
Linesmen: #75 Ryan Gibbons, #85 Francis Trempe